Sound — 8
Recorded at the O2 arena in London on 21 July 2007, this live DVD certainly contains some of the best performances Keane have to offer. Tom Chaplin's choir boy voice is just as good on stage as it is on album, and, for an all-piano band (of course, until 2008) the band have a surprising amount of energy. Although Keane aren't exactly the 'coolest' act around, the venue was crammed full, and, to be honest, it sounded like they were having a great time.
Content — 7
The set list of the concert showcases Keane's full second album, under The Iron Sea, and most of their first album, Hopes And Fear, with only one b-side, Fly To Me. The band started with the instrumental track The Iron Sea, and finished the encore with the usual; Bedshaped. In between, Keane played crowd pleasers such as Everybody's Changing, Is It any Wonder? and the ever-popular Somewhere Only We Know. While the DVD's only extras were videos of the animation on the screen behind the band, and a set-up video, the concert itself was great, and almost made up for the lack of features.
Production Quality — 6
Sporting multiple angles, but not much else, the DVD is fairly simple, and exists merely to showcase Keane's performance. While it sounds good on a television, when put onto the computer, the songs are bass-y and difficult to get a good clean sound out of.
Overall Impression — 8
I love the energy shown by the band, and the sheer joy the yget out of performing. Even 12 months before this DVD was filmed, Keane were facing problems, and Tom Chaplin had gone into rehab, leaving the band in the middle of a Japanese tour. But through all the bad and good, they'd come back, and the show was very special for that reason. Yes, if I lost my Keane Live DVD, I would buy it again.